Scottsdale’s The Thumb BBQ restaurant to appear on ‘Tanked’


The Thumb, formerly known as Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market, will be the first Arizona business to be featured on Animal Planet’s show, “Tanked.”

To celebrate, The Thumb will be hosting a viewing party on Friday, Nov. 18.

The Thumb contracted ATM (Acrylic Tanked Manufacturing) from Las Vegas, Nev., to design, create and install a 720 gallon salt water aquarium with a desert theme, focusing on the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, according to a press release.

The tank which is racetrack shape was installed inside The Thumb restaurant on Oct. 18 and 19.

The aquarium/tank serves as a two level bar, seating and eating area, where customers can “Dine With the Fish.”

The massive tank stretches from the floor to the ceiling, matches current décor featuring vintage and all types of license plates from all over Arizona, the release stated.

The viewing party will be by invitation only and will host a BBQ dinner. Follow The Thumb on Facebook for details on the event.

This is the second TV show that The Thumb will be featured in, they were featured on Diners Drive Ins and Dives in February 2015, the release stated.

“Tanked” is a reality TV series airing on Animal Planet. It follows the operations of Las Vegas based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, owned by brothers-in-law Brett Raymer and Wayde King, the release stated. ATM bills itself as the world’s largest manufacturer of customized aquarium installations.

Located in north east Scottsdale, The Thumb has been in business since Jan. 13, 2012. Dedicated to making many of the mundane daily activities of life extraordinary, the release stated.

Services provided are car wash, gas station, bakery, unique gifts, wine and beer and award winning BBQ. The Thumb was featured in Food Network’s Diners Drive Ins and Dives and Guy Fieri called The Thumb “the funky gas station, serving up da bomb BBQ.”

The Thumb is at 9393 E. Bell Road, in Scottsdale.

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